Above image: Pro-Assad rally, Damascus, Syria, October12, 2011
Below is a summary of an interview with Samir, a young Syrian Australian who has visited Syria twice since the beginning of the crisis there. His last visit was in October 2011.
Samir tells the story of the killing of his uncle, a young unmarried farmer, and his two friends in April 2011. They were shot by a ‘terrorist group’ on their way from their hometown to Damascus, where they were going to take their produce to a market.
It is assumed that the three men were targeted because their number plate indicated they were from Tartous, a small city on the Mediterannean, which has a large support base for the president. →